Astoria Times

Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011


Tidings of Comfort and Joy

The Queens publishing family wishes our readers a holiday season filled with joy and hope. Comment.

Save city after-school programs

Recently, the city after-school community celebrated the work being done in after-school programs in the area and around the country, joining in the national Lights On After-school celebration. Comment.

Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011

Long Island City

East River ferry service to Queens deemed success after six-month test

A group of elected officials and transportation executives have proclaimed the first six months of a trial project providing East River ferry service to Long Island City, Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan a success — far exceeding expectations. Comments (1).

Friday, Dec. 23, 2011

Jackson Heights

Hiram’s conviction upheld

Former state Sen. Hiram Monserrate lost in court again Friday when the state Court of Appeals confirmed his misdemeanor assault conviction for dragging his girlfriend Karla Giraldo through his Jackson Heights apartment in December 2008, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.

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Police seek suspect in attempted boro robbery

WOODSIDE — The NYPD was looking for a suspect in a robbery attempt in Woodside last month. Comment.

Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011

Long Island City

Cornell wins bid for NYC tech campus

The new applied sciences campus that will be coming to the city may be on Manhattan’s Roosevelt Island, but state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) said Tuesday the announcement of two universities planning to build on the island was great news for Long Island City. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Police arrest fake beard suspect

A man who allegedly shot at two police officers in Jackson Heights earlier this month was arrested in Manhattan with two guns, counterfeit police materials and chemicals, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said. Comment.

Christmas bash for Astoria kids almost a no-go

Hundreds of good little Astoria Houses children received toys from Santa Claus last Thursday in an early Christmas celebration that almost did not happen. Comment.

Astoria heavy metal ‘Cat Lady’ robber guilty

A Manhattan Supreme Court jury found an Astoria death metal singer guilty of the “Cat Woman” or “Cat Lady” robberies last week, which she committed at two SoHo boutiques in summer 2010, the Manhattan district attorney’s office said. Comment.

Van Bramer wants to reform powerful city zoning agency

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) announced last week he was introducing four pieces of legislation dedicated to reforming the city Board of Standards and Appeals. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Parents call on DOE to create more seats in five-year plan

About 100 parents, administrators and students from PS 2 in Astoria Heights and PS 11 in Woodside demanded more consideration for their overcrowded schools at a Community District Education Council 30 meeting in Jackson Heights last Thursday. Comment.

Elmhurst rare fish smuggler put in jail

A Brooklyn federal court judge sentenced an Elmhurst man to a year in prison last week for smuggling 16 live Asian Bonytongue fish from Malaysia to John F. Kennedy International Airport in 2009, a spokesman for the court said. Comment.

‘It’s a Wonderful Life:’ Radio play fun in Corona

We know the story of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” George Bailey, the mensch from Bedford Falls, comes on some hard financial times and decides to end it all when a Level 2 angel named Clarence is sent to let him know what a wonderful life he’s had. In the movie he’s played by Jimmy Stewart, with his Everyman charm and peculiarly American verve. In the Queen Theatre’s delightful radio play version, he’s portrayed on the broadcastby Jake Laurents, acted by the very good Duke Lafoon. Comment.

Monday, Dec. 19, 2011

Jackson Heights

Police catch suspect in Jax Hts cop shooting

Antonio Olmeda, 53, has been arrested in connection with the attempted murder of two police officers in Jackson Heights earlier this month, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said Monday afternoon. Comments (1).

Friday, Dec. 16, 2011

East Elmhurst

Tea Party co-founder arrested on gun charge

The head of a major Tea Party group was arrested Thursday when he attempted to board a plane at LaGuardia Airport with a gun in his luggage, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Long Island City

Bloomy slams Sebelius on Plan B decision

Mayor Michael Bloomberg criticized U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for making the morning-after pill unavailable to women younger than 17 at a LaGuardia Community College event Monday morning. Comment.

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